Funeral in Berlin

Funeral in Berlin FUNERAL IN BERLIN is a spellbinding tale of espionage and its counter in which double and triple crosses are common Berlin with its infamous wall symbolized the Cold War as did no other place It was l
  • Title: Funeral in Berlin
  • Author: Len Deighton
  • ISBN: 9780007115235
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • FUNERAL IN BERLIN is a spellbinding tale of espionage and its counter in which double and triple crosses are common Berlin with its infamous wall symbolized the Cold War as did no other place It was like theatre, but is war for real Len Deighton has always been fascinated with the Cold War in a way that could be called scholarly always feels that the intricacies oFUNERAL IN BERLIN is a spellbinding tale of espionage and its counter in which double and triple crosses are common Berlin with its infamous wall symbolized the Cold War as did no other place It was like theatre, but is war for real Len Deighton has always been fascinated with the Cold War in a way that could be called scholarly always feels that the intricacies of espionage and of the Soviet Union s spy apparatus rest on serious research And he writes with effortless mastery The Wall Street Journal A most impressive book, a chronicle of our times, in which the tension, like a chronic ache than a stab of pain, never lets go The London Evening Standard
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    1. Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in 1929 His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part time cook.After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force s Special Investigation Branch After discharge from the RAF, he studied at St Martin s School of Art in London in 1949, and in 1952 won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1955.Deighton worked as an airline steward with BOAC Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, in 1960, as an art director in a London advertising agency He is credited with creating the first British cover for Jack Kerouac s On the Road He has since used his drawing skills to illustrate a number of his own military history books.Following the success of his first novels, Deighton became The Observer s cookery writer and produced illustrated cookbooks In September 1967 he wrote an article in the Sunday Times Magazine about Operation Snowdrop an SAS attack on Benghazi during World War II The following year David Stirling would be awarded substantial damages in libel from the article He also wrote travel guides and became travel editor of Playboy, before becoming a film producer After producing a film adaption of his 1968 novel Only When I Larf, Deighton and photographer Brian Duffy bought the film rights to Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop s stage musical Oh, What a Lovely War He had his name removed from the credits of the film, however, which was a move that he later described as stupid and infantile That was his last involvement with the cinema.Deighton left England in 1969 He briefly resided in Blackrock, County Louth in Ireland He has not returned to England apart from some personal visits and very few media appearances, his last one since 1985 being a 2006 interview which formed part of a Len Deighton Night on BBC Four He and his wife Ysabele divide their time between homes in Portugal and Guernsey.

    2. I quite enjoyed this Len Deighton novel I had seen the Harry Palmer movies starring Michael Caine Funeral in Berlin and The Ipcress File way back when and loved them So I thought I d give the novels a try Glad I did The writing is sharp and witty and Deighton s style is quite unique.Funeral in Berlin is a spy novel set in the 60s Of course, if you re looking for a spy or secret agent in the James Bond mold, you won t find him here The novel centers around a proposed smuggling of a scientist acro [...]

    3. Looking back, the Communists were a worthy enemy There were no suicide vests or improvised explosive devices aimed at innocent civilians Religious wars are always the most brutal Mind you, the Russians weren t Boy Scouts, either But after the ugliness and indiscriminate savagery of the current Sunni Muslim jihad against the West, I grow downright nostalgic about the 1960s.Lately, I have been reading the three great spy novelists of that time with great pleasure I just finished Funeral in Berlin [...]

    4. Originally published on my blog here in January 2004.Because it is the main focus of the Bernard Samson novels, Berlin might appear to be something of an obsession with Deighton It actually features remarkably rarely in his other novels, particularly considering its unique position during the Cold War as a bastion of the West surrounded by the Soviet bloc It does, however, feature heavily in the third Harry Palmer novel, as the title obviously indicates.The plot of Funeral in Berlin is apparentl [...]

    5. This was fun Deighton overcooked at times we get it Hallam s tight but always enjoyable and not, thankfully, horribly confusing.Additional excitement 1 a previous owner of my copy had used their 1 3d ticket for London bus route 137 as a bookmark.Additional excitement 2 someone has scribbled out the name of the fireworks company on p 232 I understand from that there was a court case and this paragraph was removed from later editions He was a big boned man, his hair was cropped to the skull and hi [...]

    6. I enjoyed this story In some aspects, I had no idea what was going on, but at the same time, it didn t matter This is a Cold War spy mystery, that meanders along to its ending but is so well written, that it was a pleasure to read The basic premise is that the main character, Harry Salzman, a British operative, is in Berlin trying to arrange for the smuggling of a British scientist from the East through the Berlin wall back to the West But that is the story at its simplest The tale wanders from [...]

    7. A sparkling, racy, supersmart cold war spy story that packs than a punch Len Deighton is an acclaimed historian, and Funeral in Berlin owes much of its smart as hell real life references accurate sense of time to that fact.I enjoyed it immensely and I think this book has brought me back full circle to my old love for historically accurate and inspired genre novels John Le Carre, here I come again

    8. This was fun zany, not as serious as the Samson works And, the real mystery is revealed only at the end.

    9. This is not a casual read The plot is complicated, there are numerous devastating plot twists, and a shocker reveal at the end in my opinion, this is the best of Deighton that I ve read so far, and book number three of the Palmer series, although that character is unnamed in these books.

    10. As ever with Len Deighton, this rattles along at a good old pace, but rush it at your peril The plot is sinuous, and much is left to implication many of the key plot points aren t explicit, and personally I like this, with the onus on the reader to join the dots.The shadowy world of 1960s espionage is painted well, along with its relationship with normal life Unlike James Bond, our unnamed protagonist goes home to make his tea This is what I ve always liked about Deighton s work, and a style tha [...]

    11. I think this is the second of Len Deighton s spy novels that revolve around an unamed spy he was given the name Harry Palmer in the films with Michael Caine.Our hero is given an assignment that on the face of it is to bring a Soviet defector over to the west Set in cold war era London, Berlin, Prague and the Franco Spanish borders what should have been a straight forward exctraction turns into a triple cross involving the MI6, KGB, MOSSAD, the West Germnan secret service, Nazis and Swiss Banks.T [...]

    12. I read this book whenever I have the flu I love it And I don t like the others of these series much at all I first read it when I was twelve and fell in love with Deighton s light touch, and the narration is wonderfully wry I adore Stok as much as Palmer, btw.Occured to me that this is one of the important existential novels of the sixities Sorry Sartre

    13. Funeral in Berlin is the second in the Harry Palmer trilogy and is perhaps the best as it s believable than The Ipcress File or Billion Dollar Brain.Deighton s writing here is well crafted and the Berlin scenes, both East and West, are well drawn and come to life.

    14. A superior espionage thriller Packed full of convincing detail and dry wit A dense plot, but not so overwhelming that you ll get lost in it Len Deighton s nameless protagonist is charming than James Bond, just as smart as George Smiley and as cynical as a bullet in the back.

    15. Another gloriously bleak tale of espionage and its consequent deceptions and betrayals and the continuing shadow of the Second World War and the Holocaust in the turbulent 1960s

    16. Another re read Well written, with rich and often amusing descriptions, great eye for detail.Cold War era spy classic which stands up well 50 years on.

    17. This is a spy classic It s a clever read that will keep you thinking throughout Small cheat since you never quite have enough information.An enjoyable and quick read.

    18. I bought this in a charity shop because I d never read anything by Deighton It s much as one might expect, that particular kind of sharp precise detail you get in spy stories, especially those written before 1965 It s an almost unrecognisable world of course, not just the Cold War Berlin, but smoggy cold London and everyone smoking constantly and everything coldly modern in a way that s impossibly distant.

    19. Not a poor book, with a story the reader can follow and attempt to piece together at least partly In particular, I appreciated the additional humour that Deighton starts to inject into the characters of Dawlish and , which hasn t been their to such an extent in previous books.A shame that after over 240 pages of proper spy like posturing the end comes quickly and disjointedly.

    20. This is exponentially better than the first two books Why he deems it necessary to mention the model number of the Mercedes grated on my sensibilities all in all hangs together and worth a rainy afternoon.

    21. A first class stylised spy thriller that brings cold war intelligence work in Europe esp Berlin to life One thing this book has, which always pleases me as a reader, is multi dimensional characters who act intelligently and, in this case, with the sly cunning a reader wants from professional intelligence agency operatives If like me you are not a secret service agent or a smarty pants , the expediency of these decisions is sometimes only apparent once the bigger picture is revealed Deighton like [...]

    22. The third in Len Deighton s nameless spy series provides witty, well written, spy action I enjoyed it than its predecessors its highs are higher, though it sags a little in the middle Colonel Stok and Hallam are great fun The climactic scenes are the best Deighton has yet written, action packed, laugh out loud funny and sad all at once Jean, such a good character in The IPCRESS File, is barely present, and might have been better served by being absent entirely.Deighton exercises a new writing [...]

    23. This is the third of Len Deighton s nameless hero books, although they can also be referred to as the Harry Palmer books, after Michael Caine s portrayal of the narrator I had previously tried the first of these books, The Ipcress File, but wasn t engaging with it This one was easier for me to get into, perhaps because I knew from the outset that the narrator would not be referred to by name, or perhaps the story was interesting.Our hero is tasked with arranging the defection of a Soviet agent [...]

    24. I ve had this book kicking around the shelves for awhile now I think because I had read Billion Dollar Brain somewhat recently So I recently read a blog post from someone saying Funeral was an overlooked classic therefore I dove right in.I m glad I did Funeral In Berlin is one of Deighton s unnamed spy novels Ipcress File, BDB, An Expensive Place To Die among others many of which have been made into films starring Michael Caine as a spy named Harry Palmer In this story our spy hero travels back [...]

    25. .Uber 1964 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1966, 1970 20 Guy Hamilton James Bond, 10 , Michael Caine.

    26. After the, in my opinion, somewhat pedestrian Horse Under Water, Deighton hits his stride with the third Unnamed Spy novel, Funeral In Berlin Capturing perfectly the mid sixties Cold War paranoia that affected all sides, Deighton sends his protagonist to secure the defection of a top Soviet scientist, Semitsa But there is always at play than a simple defection.We are introduced to one of the great villains, Colonel Stok, who is playing his own game of chess with the West Hallam, the Home Office [...]

    27. The three great novelists of the Cold War spy genre were all British John Le Carr , Ian Fleming, and Len Deighton Perhaps this is because the American spy novels involved too much flag waving and rah rah, whereas the Brits wrote about a ambiguous world except, maybe, for Ian Fleming, whose James Bond was, for all intents and purposes, an honorary Yankee.I loved Funeral In Berlin, which is just as morally ambiguous as Le Carr s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy The unnamed hero who is called Harry Pa [...]

    28. Nearly 50 years after it was written, this novel hardly shows its age A few elements may appear dated but those can be attributed to the setting in time and place rather than style The story meanders in the early sections which serves to make the plot mysterious, so much so that at the end, it was necessary to recap the story to make sure the reader knew what it was all about Deighton has a singular skill at crafting descriptive images which got in the way during the first half of the story The [...]

    29. The best and worst part of this book was the narration The recording wasn t great, and it was impossible at times to figure out what was being said The narrator s British accent didn t help That said, I loved the narrators accent and voice His dry British accent complimented the book s dry sarcastic humor very well It was incredibly easy to see him as the spy through whose eyes the story was told The book had a way of keeping one step ahead of me the whole time though it s possible that had I un [...]

    30. The transition from the post war spy of Ian Fleming s novels to the cold war spy of John Le Carre s has often been overlooked because the star of Len Deighton has faded far too quickl,yet Len Deighton s Berlin novels were some of the most popular spy thrillers in the 1960 s Why It seems that Deighton was able to streamline Fleming s obviously antiquated by 1960 s standards prose into a action oriented style, without losing the sense of post war paranoia in and around the Eastern and Western sec [...]

    31. The saving grace of this book is Mr Deighton s sense of humor Really, it is the biggest reason to read this book Dry, snappy, and very reminiscent of Joseph Heller, the humor makes it an entertaining book to read The plot is okay, but I found it rather difficult to piece together exactly what was happening until dozens of pages later Effectively, my understanding of the book was 20 or 30 pages behind where I was reading Mr Deighton seems to have had a desire to spring surprises slyly and then mo [...]

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